Kempton Betting Preview
As the curtain falls on the 2021 UK horse racing season, there is still one horse racing festival that needs our close attention: the King George VI Meeting at Kempton. Offering punters a chance to see which runners will likely feature at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival, it's also an opportunity to see which horses are in top form over what could be potentially testing conditions.
Here at Bet UK, we'll have all of the top online betting markets for the entire two-day meeting which means not only will have the odds for the King George VI Chase, we'll also have markets for the Desert Orchid Chase. Further afield, we'll also be taking a look at the Welsh Grand National and Christmas Racing at Leopardstown across on our Daily Betting Tips page.
For more betting tips for across the UK Horse Racing Christmas meetings head over to our daily betting tips page.
About The King George VI Chase
Contested over a distance of three miles, the King George itself takes in 18 fences of the Kempton course and is open to horses aged four years and older. First run in 1937, it has been won on five occasions by Kauto Star and 12 occasions by trainer Paul Nicholls. However, in more recent years, it's been Frodon, Clan Des Obeaux and Might Bite, who have gone on to win and feature at Cheltenham, with other prestigious horses such as Long Run, Best Mate and Silviniaco Conti also boasting victories in this race.
2021 King George VI Chase Betting Preview
The racecard for the King George VI Chase is packed full of top-class runners with trainers from across the UK and Ireland throwing their hats into the ring for a potential victory. However, the UK horse racing online betting markets point towards a battle between former winner Clan Des Obeaux and last season's Gold Cup winner Minella Indo. However, we're going for something a little different for our betting choice.
In terms of form heading into this race, Minella Indo has already succumbed to a defeat by Frodon at Down Royal in the Champion Chase. Still, we feel he’ll prefer slightly better ground of good to soft rather than soft if he's to issue a challenge here. On the other hand, Clan Des Obeaux heads to Kempton for his first run of the season, which is not the norm for the Paul Nicholls runner. Often given a run out prior to this meeting, we suspect he's going to have to pull out a strong performance if he's to pick up the win.
Last year's winner Frodon currently sits at 5/1 in the online betting markets, and given his form already this season, he's our choice for the race. Jumping well in this race last season, he touched 22/1 in the betting before finally passing the post first for Bryony Frost. We suspect that she'll once again be in the saddle for this race, given that she's already partnered him to victory in Ireland this season.
Other notable runners in the King George VI card include Asterion Forlonge and Chantry House, both of whom sit above 13/2 in the betting.
Elsewhere at Kempton
With six races on the Boxing Day card, we've also looked at the online betting odds for the other main races listed in the UK horse racing calendar, including the Christmas Hurdle and the Kauto Star Novices Chase picked some top contenders for those races.
|12:45||Novices Hurdle||Broomfield Burg|
|1:20||Novices’ Handicap Chase||Bothwell Bridge|
|1:55||Kauto Star Novices’ Chase||Bravemansgame|
|3:05||King George VI Chase||Frodon|
Racing Across The UK
As well as racing at Kempton on Boxing day there is a whole host of racing fixtures including meetings at Wetherby, Sedgefield, Market Rasen, Fontwell, Huntingdon and Wincanton all of which will feature potential runners you’d expect to see at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival.
Wetherby Betting Tips
|11:52||Novices Handicap Chase||Kaphumour|
|12:27||Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle||Just Jess|
|1:00||Handicap Chase||Drumconnor Lad|
|1:35||Handicap Hurdle||Lock Down Luke|
|2:10||Rowland Meryrick Handicap||Cloudy Glen|
|2:45||Handicap Hurdle||Unexpected Party|
|3:20||Handicap Hurdle||Wor Verge|
Bet UK Ambassador Neil Mulholland
Across the UK Christmas Meetings our Bet UK ambassador Neil Mulholland has many runners and we’ve picked out some of his top selections below:
|11:52||Novices’ Handicap Chase||Wetherby||Heavey|
|11:55||Handicap Hurdle||Market Rasen||The Twister|
|12:18||Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle||Wincanton||Sevenofus|
|1:28||Handicap Hurdle||Wincanton||Princess T|
|1:35||Novices’ Handicap Hurdle||Wetherby||Graincha|
|3:13||Handicap Chase||Wincanton||Mont Saint Vincent|
all odds correct at time of writing